About Us

Who We Are

The Young Activist Club, based in Takoma Park, Maryland, is working to eliminate single-use disposable polystyrene lunch trays at the Piney Branch Elementary School, a public school in the Montgomery County, Maryland school district. We are 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at PBES as well as 6th and 7th graders from Takoma and Eastern Middle Schools. Two parent volunteers help us out. We meet once a week during the school year. Our activities include:

  • doing research,
  • educating ourselves on an issue,
  • teaching others what we’ve learned,
  • testifying at public hearings,
  • gathering petitions for our cause,
  • writing to local elected officials,
  • requesting meetings with elected officials,
  • tabling at public events,
  • raising money for our project, and
  • seeking media exposure for our cause

We believe kids can make a difference. We want to make a difference. This is why we chose a project to improve our school, our community, and the health of each student. We have fun too!